Collaboration between Schools and Outside AgenciesGood afternoon ladies and gentlemen, today I am presenting to you a presentation about involving outside agencies to collaborate with our preschools and provide information on services each of them offer to our families The Seaside Library is a part of the Monterey County Free Libraries network of information centers serving the diverse communities of Monterey County by offering opportunities for all to succeed in school, work and their personal lives.” (The Seaside Branch Library, 2009) “The Seaside Branch Library is the largest of the 17 branches of the Monterey County Free Library system and also serves as a regional reference center and important collection base for the use of more than 127,000 registered patrons of the system. The Friends of the Seaside Library promotes and encourages the use of the Seaside Library and focuses public attention on Library services, facilities, and needs; builds close relationships between the Library and the community; provides in-library services that would not otherwise be available; and networks with local government and community groups.” (The Seaside Branch Library, 2009) The Library is a great asset to preschool children and families; introduction into the library services will give young children the inspiration and motivation to early literacy skills. At the beginning of the year we plan a library field trip with children and parents for story time event and a tour of the library; its an exciting time for the children and parents are given an opportunity to sign up for library services and allow their children to borrow books.
We have several community resources currently working within our school district to provide information, education, and specific services for the entire family. Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula is a nonprofit healthcare provider since being founded in 1934; “…delivering a continuum of care from birth to end of life, and every stage in between.” (Community Hospital of Monterey Peninsula, 2011) Other agencies are: Network for a Healthy California, Champions for Change, Just Run! Just Kids Program, and Carmel Academy of Performing Arts links to these and other services can be found on our school district’s website:http://www2.mpusd.k12.ca.us/partners.
Thousands of children walk our halls and play on our playgrounds everyday; each represent families from all walks of life. We cannot decide who are the “haves and who are the have nots” Teachers are the ones closet to the children and able to observe any signs of abuse or neglect. Families may go for a long time without confiding in school officials that there is ever a need for any of these services; but when they are needed we will have available agencies in the community to give families the resources and tools needed to help some of our most needy families. The following agencies provide services for some of families most basic needs: food, shelter, and clothing; some offer quality healthcare with some of the finest physicians on the Peninsula, and other agencies provides childcare, emergency food supply, and housing. There are also faith-based agencies whose services include spiritual teaching and guidance, church services, and bible study.
. We understand there is a need for such services among the diverse groups of our families from all socioeconomic levels; because all families face stress but at different levels; some forms of stress are anticipated; for example a family with other young children ages 5 and under may be expecting a new baby into the family or the family may be military and a relocation is already planned for; but there is still a great amount of stress involved. (Couchenour & Chrisman, 2011, 2007)Then there are situations where a family is caught in a storm of crisis that is unexpected and devastating at the same time; a serious illness or death of a loved one can be completely unexpected. How do we help young children Cope? What services are available in which we can direct families to receiving these services? What can we do for young children experiencing hunger because the family cannot afford or have enough money or clothes to meet the child’s basic needs? Families need to know that in times of crisis there are services available, somewhere they can turn to for help. This help could save the life of the young children found in the midst of hunger, homelessness, abuse, and/or neglect; the services provided can help families help themselves, get back on their feet, and survive!” Young children are impacted in many ways that affect their outlook on life, the emotional/social, physical, and cognitive health.
.” “The sense of uncertainty and confusion experienced by adults can be transmitted to children… the degree to which children are affected will vary depending on personal circumstances.” (National Association of School Psychologists, 2008) Some of the most vulnerable populations with young children: Have families directly impacted by economic difficulties.• Have parents currently in financial institutions directly effected by the current economic situation.• Have suffered a personal loss from or been exposed to economic problems, and/or otherstressful events.• Live in communities seriously impacted by economic problems, and/or other stressful events.• Suffer from mental health challenges.
There are many reasons families fall victim to many of life’s problems and troubles; some are able to overcome, some are unprepared, and others do not have the networks to point them to the help they need.
The Food Bank for Monterey County offers emergency supplemental food supply for individuals and families across Monterey County. Since the recession, job layoffs, those with low paying jobs in agriculture and the hospitality field, the high cost of living related to housing, transportation, and utility costs are leaving families with very little to budget for a very basic but most necessary need-food. In order for children to thrive they need healthy, nutritious meals to grow, develop, and learn properly. According to a study, approximately 88,700 people are now being served in Monterey County by the Food Bank. To quote: “Hunger is not a new issue, but it now has a new story. As the unemployment rate has climbed, thousands who never dreamed they would need help from a food bank are now for the first time unable to put food on the table, in the wake of the recession’s layoffs, lost savings and other financial hardships.” (Food Bank for Monterey County, 2011) The food and services provided by the Food Bank is vital to the survival of families and their young children. We may have children who come to school who demonstrate signs of experiencing hunger; they may ask for food several times throughout the day or ask other children for their food; or sometimes take another child’s food. If we know of families who may be experiencing hunger this agency will have the services they need.
One Faith-based community resource is The Salvation Army Monterey Peninsula Corps; Serving children and families throughout Monterey County.
The Salvation Army is a faith-based community resource for children and families.” The programs we serve the homeless, low-income families and youth of all ages. In addition to providing social services, The Salvation Army is a church and has programs all throughout the week and church services on Sunday. “ (The Salvation Army, 2011) The Salvation Army offers Child Development programs for children 21/2-5 years old for preschool and Ages 5-12 for After School Care; in addition to these services for families, it also operates the Good Samaritan Center by “providing essential services to homeless and low-income clients on the Monterey Peninsula. They also offer “supportive services ranging from basic daily needs to long-term case management.” (The Salvation Army, 2011)
“Casa de Las Palmas provides temporary housing for families needing help to transition from homelessness Into independent living.” (The Salvation Army, 2011)The Salvation Army Frederiksen House currently provides shelter for homeless families for up to 90 days in the program facility. The goal of this program is to provide stability to the family while giving them the opportunity to secure employment and savings that will assist in establishing permanent housing.
Shelter Outreach Plus is the primary provider of supportive housing and services for the homeless and victims of domestic violence within the County of Monterey (Shelter Outreach Plus, 2010). The agency is the largest and only provider of many of the services and programs needed by the homeless as they make their way from crisis to a sustainable, independent lifestyle. The programs available focus of emergency intervention and transitional support.The programs provided are:Emergency Services & ProgramsUnited Way 24 hour helpMOST-Mobile Outreach Services TeamMOST is a team of skilled workers who work with the county's street homeless in an effort to help them gain access to services and/or begin the process of moving off of the streets.
Families who have access to these and other services will provide the care, continuity, and protection their young children will need to thrive and enjoy their childhood. When parents suffer, children suffer and crisis takes it toll on the entire family. As teachers we are advocates and the connection for children and their families to many of the community resources available to them; we are first line caregivers for young children, we see them on a daily basis and we spend as much as 6-10 hours with them depending on our work hours and the school’s hours of operation. We are in a position to get families the help they may need.
INVOLVING OUTSIDE AGENCIES Collaboration between schools and Outside Agencies to Benefit Children and Families Mary Grace Jones Grand Canyon University ECH 510: Child, Family, Community, and Culture Professor Tanya Faulk September 4, 2011
My Professional Setting Our Community Partners The Seaside Branch Library• Social/Emotional and Cognitive skills• Inspire Early Literacy and Family Reading• Directories, Brochures, Weekly News literature, and databases to research the community resources available• After school Tutoring• Internet Access
• Community Hospital of Monterey Peninsula• Network for a Healthy California• Champions for Change• Just Run! Just Kids Program• Carmel Academy of Performing ArtsWorking with our School District
Why is it important for schools to connect families to outside agencies?
Families in Crisis: Howdoes it affect the lives of young children?• A NEW BABY• RELOCATING TO A NEW HOME• SERIOUS ILLNESS• LOST OF A LOVED ONE• JOB LOSS/ HOMELESSNESS
Most Vulnerable Populations are Young Children whose families:Are directly impacted by economic difficulties. Have parents currently in financial institutions directly effected by the current economic situation. Have suffered a personal loss from or been exposed to economic problems, and/or other stressful events.
Vulnerable Populations cont’d• Live in communities seriouslyimpacted by economic problems,and/or other stressful events.• Suffer from mental health challenges.
Many families of allsocioeconomic levels whonever needed such services,are in need of them now.RecessionJob LayoffsLow Paying Agriculture JobsHigh Cost of Living: Transportation,Utilities, and Housing
Faith-Based Community Resource: The Salvation ArmyMonterey Peninsula Corps
Salvation Army Serving the Monterey County: Homeless Low-Income FamiliesChild Development Center Basic Daily Needs Long-term Management
The Salvation Army Services: CHURCH FAMILY HOUSING“Church services are held Casas de Las Palmaseach Sunday … additionalprograms to encourage Frederickson Housespiritual growth throughoutthe week for everyone!”
Transitional ProgramsHomeward Bound and TransitionalHousingMen in TransitionHomeless Prevention, Rapid Re-housing(HPRP) (Shelter Outreach Plus, 2010)
Works CitedCommunity Hospital of Monterey Peninsula. (2011). About Us.Retrieved September 6, 2011, from Community Hospital of theMonterey Peninsula: http://www.chomp.org/about-us/Couchenour, D., & Chrisman, K. (2011, 2007). Family Stress. In D.Couchenour, & K. Chrisman, Families, Schools, and Communities:Together for Young Children (pp. 138-163). Belmont, California:Cengage Learning.Food Bank for Monterey County. (2011). Frequently AskedQuestions. Retrieved September 5, 2011, from Food Bank forMonterey County: http://www.food4hungry.org/about/faq#about-our-
Works Cited cont’dNational Association of School Psychologists. (2008). Helping ChildrenCope in Unsettling Times: The Economic Crisis Tips for Parents andTeachers. Retrieved September 7, 2011, from National Association ofSchool Psychologists:http://www.nasponline.org/families/unsettlingtimes.pdfShelter Outreach Plus. (2010). Outreach, Compassion, Hope, Future.Retrieved September 5, 2011, from Shelter Outreach Plus:http://shelteroutreachplus.org/programs.htmlT
Works Cited Cont’dThe Salvation Army. (2011). The Salvation Army. Retrieved September 5, 2011, from TheSalvation Army Monterey Peninsula Corps: http://www.tsamonterey.com/The Seaside Branch Library. (2009). City of Seaside. Retrieved September 5, 2011, fromSeaside Branch Library: http://www.ci.seaside.ca.us/index.aspx?page=243 Homeless Prevention, Rapid Re-housing(HPRP) (Shelter Outreach Plus,2010http://shelteroutreachplus.org/programs.html